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Connections: Discussing the role of local parks and green spaces during the pandemic


Should parks across the nation be shut down to help stop the spread of COVID-19? In a piece for the Atlantic Monthly, UNC professor Zeynep Tufekci makes a case for keeping them open. While some parks have experienced overcrowding and minimal social distancing between users, Tufekci says with rationing and policies that promote physical distancing, parks and open green spaces will be good for the immune system and the mind.

This hour, we discuss the state of local parks and trails with area leaders and nature enthusiasts. Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.